ICIS, the trusted information provider for the global chemical and energy industries, today reveals that Netherlands-based coatings and specialty chemicals producer AkzoNobel has been chosen as the overall winner in the ICIS Innovation Awards for 2017, sponsored by Elsevier’s R&D Solutions.
AkzoNobel’s entry for its Interline 9001 advanced coating system for ship’s cargo tanks also won the Best Product Innovation category, sponsored by management consultancy Accenture.
The novel BiModal polymer formulation and curing technology that underlies Interline 9001 has enabled AkzoNobel to take a greater than half share of total global chemical tanker new-build volume in 2016.
The innovation is based on patented BiModal technology, whereby the coating is formulated at lower stoichiometry than conventional epoxy amine systems and undergoes initial conventional cure at room temperature before being subjected to a high temperature post-cure, which induces homopolymerisation of unreacted epoxy groups in the presence of a catalyst.
This delivers very high conversion and results in a highly cross-linked network, which is the basis of the step change in chemical resistance, says AkzoNobel.
The innovation was judged the clear winner by the panel of seven leading industry innovation experts. The judges commented on its rapid success in the market and the scale of the benefits on offer to users.
The ICIS Innovation Awards, sponsored overall by Elsevier R&D Solutions and with category sponsorship from U.S. Chemicals, a Maroon Group company, ExxonMobil Chemical and Accenture, recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the global chemical industry, on a company and individual level.